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MVHS swim team 4th at THS Staff Report

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ST. JAMES ACADEMY FRESHMAN STEPHEN TUJAGUE was one of five Shawnee residents to place for the Thunder at the 13th annual Bobcat Classic wrestling tournament in Basehor.

Tujague wins Bobcat Classic

By Stephen Montemayor

BASEHOR — There are good first impressions and then there are seasons like that of St. James Academy freshman Stephen Tujague of Shawnee. Tujague improved to 24-5 on Saturday after capturing the 106-pound championship at the 13th annual Bobcat Classic at Basehor-Linwood. Tujague defeated Bonner Springs junior Josiah Seaton, 5-2, to win the tournament, which featured wrestlers from 36 schools. Tujague was one of nine Thunder wrestlers to place in the tournament and five Shawnee residents to do so. Sophomore Zak Hensley dropped a narrow 1-0 decision to Oak Park junior

Noah Teaney in the 126-pound final to place second, bringing his record to 12-5. Freshman Tyler Hensley (19-11) placed fourth in the 113-pound bracket after he was pinned by Pittsburg senior Jeremiah Jones in the tournament’s third-place match. At 138 pounds, junior Andrew Tujague (23-10) placed sixth after dropping a 3-0 decision to Fort Scott senior Victor Hughes. Senior Andy Muehlberger (21-9) rounded out the day in winning his seventhplace match, 5-0, against Shawnee Mission East senior Jon Reuter. Topeka Seaman (177.5 points) and Blue Springs (172) placed ahead of St. James at the two-day tournament. The Thunder will next travel to Platte County (Mo.) for a two-day tournament on Friday and Saturday.

The Mill Valley boys swim team placed fourth in its first meet back from winter break on Tuesday at Turner High. In the process, two more Jaguars notched state-qualifying times and the team also recorded a pair of state consideration times. Aaron Akin swam the 200-yard individual medley in 2:17.21 and Chris Stack swam the 500-yard freestyle in 5:21.58 and the 100-yard backstroke in 1:01.91 to qualify for next month’s state tournament. De Soto’s Miles Arnold recorded a state consideration time in the 500yard freestyle with a time of 6:11.89,

and Mill Valley’s Callahan Eckardt did the same in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 25.15 seconds. Eckardt, Akin, Stack and Alex Kain placed first in the medley relay. Akin also won the 200-yard individual medley and 100-yard breaststroke. Eckardt also won the 500-yard freestyle and Stack won the 100-yard backstroke. “The swimmers went into today’s meet with incredible energy,� MVHS coach Alissa Ruffin said. “Once again, we walked away with numerous individual achievements, which in turn create team achievements.� The Jaguars returned to competition Monday. Visit shawneedispatch. com for the latest.

BRIEFLY Mill Valley boys bowling team wins season’s first meet Teammates Cole Gray and Tyler Ridgeway tied for first-place individually to lead the Mill Valley boys bowling team to victory in its first meet of the season on Wednesday. Gray and Ridgeway each finished with scores of 619 and the Jaguars scored 2,338 pins to defeat Lansing, St. James Academy and Shawnee Heights. Meanwhile, Jon Darby placed seventh with a score of 552 and Nick Ridgeway placed 10th with a 496. Cassie Widmer led the Mill Valley girls bowling team with a 495, and the Jaguars placed third out of the four teams, with a score of 1,689. St. James Academy’s Alana Dierking placed first overall

after bowling a 560 series.

Ellis fifth at Newton Tourney Mill Valley’s Jake Ellis led all Jaguar wrestlers with a fifth-place finish at 145 pounds at the Newton Tournament of Champions on Saturday. Ellis was one of four Jaguars to place in the 50th annual tournament, and Mill Valley placed 16th out of 27 teams. Landon Scott and Jake Gramke each placed sixth, doing so in the 106-pound and 195-pound brackets, respectively. Bryan Burnett placed seventh at 138 pounds after defeating Newton’s Jared Tallent. The Jaguars return to competition with a dual at Shawnee Heights on Wednesday.

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MVHS SENIOR MCKENZIE CONKLIN scored 11 points on Friday at Bonner Springs as the Jaguars became the final team unbeaten in Kaw Valley League play.


a five-game win streak and they are in a good spot looking forward. “This doesn’t determine what our season is,� Oakes said. “It has no bearing on how we’re going to finish the season or anything like that. Learn from it; we’ll let it go tonight.�

Both teams still have solid records and are right there with Tonganoxie (7-1, 5-1) at the top of the KVL. A successful season tends to get lost game by game, and McFall sees some players taking it a little too seriously. “They’re 7-1,� he said. “I’d like for them to be a little more confident.� Bonner Springs will try to regroup and avenge its early-season loss to Piper next Wednesday. Mill Valley also plays Friday, playing host to Shawnee Mission South.

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